Music Review: Baadshaho

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EXPECTATIONS

One expects quintessential 'desi' Bollywood score in Baadshaho. After all, the film marks the coming together of Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi with Milan Luthria after Once UponATime In Mumbaai and that film had boasted of a good soundtrack. Manoj Muntashir is the lyricist for this soundtrack that has a couple of songs by Tanishk Bagchi with Ankit Tiwari chipping in as well.

MUSIC

First to arrive is a rocking number in the form of 'Mere Rashke Qamar'. Even though this Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is pretty old, it has become a sensation in the last 6-8 months due to various home video versions that have circulated on social media. That has only helped increase the song's popularity and hence with Tanishk Bagchi bringing his own touch to this song, which also has Rahat Fateh Ali Khan chipping in 'Mere Rashke Qamar' emerges as a chartbuster all over again. Later, the song also appears in a female solo version by Tulsi Kumar as well as a 'remix version' by DJ Chetas. This only aids further in recollection quotient.

Ankit Tiwari steps in as a guest composer for Baadshaho with 'Piya More'. A sensual-n-naughty track that features Ermaan Hashmi with Sunny Leone, this one has Mika Singh and Neeti Mohan coming together to bring on the fun element. 'Desi' yet again, 'Piya More' has a good rhythm to it which ensures that the song stays in your mind after just one listening itself. Though this one may not have a long shelf life, it does its job in ensuring that you are hooked on screen while it plays.

The surprise of the soundtrack though is the recreated version of 'Keh Doon Tumhe' which was first heard 42 years back in Deewar [1975]. It is amazing to see how R.D. Burman and Sahir Ludhianvi's wonderful romantic melody turns out to be so relevant even in today's times. Moreover, there is good experimenting coming into play as samples of Kishore Kumar and Asha Bhosle's voices are retained even as Jubin Nautiyal and Neeti Mohan are allowed some playful rendition by Tanishk Bagchi and Manoj Muntashir. The song here is titled 'Socha Hai' and by the time you hear a couple of more versions, you are truly hooked.

Last to arrive is a traditional Rajasthani folk piece 'Hoshiyar Rehna' which at best has a situational appeal, even as Ajay Devgn and Emraan Hashmi step into the desert terrain to execute their big heist. Audio wise it is just about okay and eventually all would boil down to how director Milan Luthria uses this Neeraj Arya track as a part of the film's background.

OVERALL

The music of Baadshaho works well as a package. Though the film's isn't a musical per se, the four songs in there should aid the narrative well.

OUR PICK(S)

‘Mere Rashke Qamar’, ‘Socha Hai’, ‘Piya More’